Nov 28

google new plansNEW YORK (Reuters)Google Inc is preparing a service that would enable users to store data from their personal hard drives on its computers, the Wall Street Journal reported Tuesday in its online edition.

Users would be able to house files they would normally store on personal computers — such as word-processing documents, digital music, video clips and images — on Google’s computers, the Journal said, citing sources familiar with the matter.

According to the Journal, the service could let users access their files through the Internet from different computers and mobile devices when they sign on using a password.

The service could be released as soon as a few months from now, the Journal said, citing a source.

The newspaper also said Google plans to provide some free storage, with additional storage allotments available for a fee.

Planned pricing isn’t known, the Journal added.

Representatives of Google could not immediately be reached for comment.

According to the Journal, a Google spokeswoman declined to comment on any specific online storage plans beyond what it already offers as part of its email and other services.

(Reporting by Justin Grant; Editing by Quentin Bryar)

Nov 28

bionic arm

Claudia Mitchell demonstrates the functionality of her ‘thought-controlled bionic arm’ during a news conference in Washington DC. Photograph: Win McNamee/Getty Images

A woman with an artificial arm has been given the sense of touch following a pioneering operation to reroute some of her nerves. Claudia Mitchell, 27, lost her left arm in a motorcycle accident three years ago, but can now feel her missing hand after having nerves from her lost limb rerouted to her chest.

Now, when she touches something with her artificial hand she can feel it through a device attached to her chest.

During a four-hour operation, surgeons moved nerves from her shoulder, which normally ferry signals from the hand to the brain, and redirected them to muscles in her chest area.

Four months after surgery, a patch of skin on her chest was able to feel touch, temperature and pain sensations as if they were coming from different parts of her hand and wrist.

Mitchell has since tested a prototype of a prosthetic limb that gave the sensation of her hand closing around objects and picking them up.

A similar operation was performed on 54-year-old Jesse Sullivan, who lost both his arms to burns after touching an electrified cable. He is now able to feel sensations in one of his hands lost in the accident.

The patients were treated by a team of doctors at the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago. Earlier this year, they reported landmark operations on the same two patients in which nerves were redirected to allow them to control the movement of an artificial limb by thought alone.

In those operations, doctors took nerves that previously controlled the movement of the hand and arm and grafted them on to chest muscles. When the patients thought about moving the arm, the nerves made the chest muscles twitch. The muscle movement is picked up by sensors in the prosthetic limb, which clenches or rotates accordingly.

Paul Marasco, a sensory neurophysiologist at the clinic, said the most recent operations, which use a procedure called targeted reinnervation, give patients more natural control over their artificial limbs.

“Current prosthetics don’t really give any sensory information back to the individual and that forces them to have to watch what they’re picking up instead of feeling it. The neat thing about this is we are able to return a sense of touch through the normal nerve channels,” Marasco said.

What is remarkable about the work is that it shows that nerves that have been out of use for more than a year are still able to carry sensation signals when they are grafted on to new tissues.

The team are so impressed with the results that they have operated on two further patients. Marasco said prosthetic limbs that can recreate a sense of touch are expected to be widely available in two to four years.

Following their operations, both patients tested artificial limbs fitted with pressure sensors that triggered devices on their chests that pressed on the skin to mimic different sensations.

“Pushing on the chest gives them the sense their missing limb is being touched and when we press it in appropriate ways, in relation to objects being picked up with their prosthesis, it gives the impression they’re gripping things with their missing hand,” Marasco said.

Using cotton-tipped probes, the doctors mapped out where on the patients’ chests they needed to press to recreate a sense of touch in various areas of the hand. Some areas triggered a strong sense of pressure on the wrist, palm or back of the hand, while others created a tingling feeling over a larger part of the limb.

According to a paper in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, both patients sensed touch on their chests, but as the pressure was increased, they felt the sensation in their missing limb too.

“Down the road one of the ideas is that we put multiple devices on the chest representing individual fingers – that’s where we’d like to end up,” said Marasco.

Nov 21

Best Vitamins for WomenA woman’s body is different than a man’s. Therefore, it would make perfect sense that women need different vitamins than men do.

Because our bodies are made differently, women need some supplements that men can do without. In this day and age, only 7% of women actually eat healthy enough to not need to add supplements to their diet. The other 93% of us are more than likely missing nutrients that are vital to good health. By taking a multi-vitamin daily with a meal, you can give your body the nutrients that it needs to help compensate for what you are missing.

There are hundreds of multi-vitamins available on the market, and not all multi-vitamins are created equal. Some multi-vitamins are made specifically for men, women or children. Make sure that when you are purchasing a multi-vitamin, that you choose a high quality vitamin made for women. Some multi-vitamins are geared towards women in certain stages of life, such as pregnant women, breastfeeding women or women who are going into or through menopause. It is important that you take these things into consideration when choosing your multi-vitamin

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Nov 20

I found this out on the web today and could not resist:

Overweight Americans who lose a lot of weight also tend to build more wealth as they drop the pounds, according to new research.

The study found that the link between weight loss and wealth gains was particularly strong among white women. Black women and white men also gained wealth as they lost weight, but not as much as did white women. The wealth of Black men was basically unaffected by their weight.
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Nov 19

Drivable Transport Hog Inside “The Pit”

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